Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tires for Winter Driving

History of the all-season tire

In the beginning there were summer tires and snow tires. Then several decades ago, the all-season tire was introduced into the marketplace which provided motorists with better winter driving performance than a summer tire and the opportunity to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the bi-annual winter tire changeover. Some Canadian motorists still choose all-season tires because those tires meet their personal needs based on driving habits, where they live and their comfort level with winter driving. For those wanting the very best, safest winter driving experience, the tire industry recommends winter tires. Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but none more pronounced than with winter tires. All tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of winter tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -30°C and below, thus providing superior traction and grip.

Today’s winter tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but they also perform better on cold, dry pavement too! And remember, once you can see your breath, it’s already time to put on those winter tires.

Winter Tire Safety Demonstration


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Tires marked with the mountain snowflake symbol meet or exceed industry established snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in cold weather and severe snow conditions.

The following list provides the model names of RAC Member tire brands only tires that are dedicated and marketed for winter use only.

This list was last updated on November 17, 2010.

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